Hartwick, New York
4938 State Route 28
Cooperstown, NY 13326

A Look at the History & Enduring Love for Barbecue September 19, 2017

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A Look at the History & Enduring Love for Barbecue, Hartwick, New York

Do you ever crave barbecue? If you do, you aren’t alone. As one of the oldest culinary traditions in American history, the love of grilled foods might as well be ingrained in our DNA. The origins of the fare can be found many years ago, but the love for it endures.

Understanding the Origins of Barbecue

What Is the History? 

The word “barbecue” stems from the Spanish word “barbacoa,” which means to roast over hot coals. Used out of necessity by European explorers and Native Americans alike, settlers quickly discovered the method produced delicious, juicy foods that had a tasty, crisp exterior. By colonial times, towns would cook meat over open pits of hot coals, developing the early traditions that shape modern-day smoking. Because the approach also preserves the protein, they would use smoking to store food and provide sustenance throughout the inhospitable winter months. With the invention of the barbecue grill in 1952, people started grilling at home more and more.

Why Is It So Popular Today?

barbecueBarbecuing continues to be popular because of the incredible diversity of dishes it results in. This includes roasted meats on automated spits or powerful infrared burners, roasted vegetables, large cuts of smoked meat, and even flame-broiled desserts. Because grilling naturally caramelizes the sugars present in foods, even novice cooks can create mouthwatering meals. Some combination appliances even contain smoking features, allowing home chefs to infuse meats, vegetables, and sauces with the flavorful smoke of hickory, mesquite, pecan, and other woods.  


Is your stomach rumbling for some fresh, juicy barbecue? Redneck BBQ in Cooperstown, NY, has just what you need. In addition to serving double-glazed barbecue ribs, grilled ribeye steaks, and smoked catfish, these experienced cooks are also known for their delectable sides including fire slaw, cucumber salad, and sweet potato fries. For more information about reservations or carryout, visit their website or call (607) 547-2678.  

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